W.D. Sugg MS Community Service

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TSA Middle School Chapter Uses STEM Skills For Community Service Projects 

TSA Middle School Chapter Uses STEM Skills For Community Service Projects

The W. D. Sugg (FL) Middle School TSA chapter recently helped local G. T. Bray Park in Bradenton, Florida by making and placing wooden park benches. “Our construction challenge event team members, Ian Macdonald and Kris Gerry, (TSA chapter Vice President) came up with the idea.  G.T. Bray Park is located right next to our school so the project also supported a community need,” said TSA advisor, Kyle Holbrook.  The project also included placement of geocache materials. 

The team built six benches for the Walton Racquet Center Tennis Courts located at G.T. Bray Park. They also placed a Geocache by the tennis courts.  According to www.geocaching.com, “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”

White Sands Beach Resort at Anna Maria Island, Florida, sponsored the project and donated money for materials for the benches as well as for the geocaching supplies, including travel bugs (a travel bug is a trackable tag that you attach to an item) and official Geocaching containers. To thank them for their support the TSA chapter placed a Geocache at the White Sands Beach Resort.  To find the two geocaches visit www.geocaching.com and search TSA Construction Challenge 2011-2012. Kris Gerry and Ian MacDonald planned and constructed the geocache project.

Mr. Holbrook is pleased with the interaction the students were able to have with the community.  He said “…this project got the students out into the community, and enabled them to see how they could contribute through their TSA chapter.  The students were entirely responsible for not only the construction aspect of the job, but the communication with the community members.  After the project was completed, they reached out to have their project advertised in the community through the internet and local newspaper.  Through the geocaches placed at the site of the project and at our sponsor’s site, our TSA chapter is able to further communicate to the community what TSA is all about.”